Social Media

Instagram Comes Under Fire After Using This Unfortunate Post As An Advert

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Tech

Instagram has suffered at the hand of its own algorithm after it tried to use an image that you could definitely classify as inappropriate as an adver...

'I Have Four Friends In Real Life But 4,000 Online' - Craving Instant Gratification

Richard Pursey | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Tech
Richard Pursey

So, perhaps, if you know what you're doing, having 4000 friends online may not be so bad after all - and if you're lucky, some of them may even be old English sheep dogs!

Teachers Vs Social Media

Russell Haworth | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Tech
Russell Haworth

Teachers have always faced challenges - time changes the medium but not the content. The teachers of today still face the issues of bullying and abuse, fighting against a tide of inattention. In 2017, however, they are working against smartphones and the digital world rather than pieces of paper and fisticuffs.

Learning To Care Differently

Genevieve Seri | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Seri

As we move closer together on this contracting globe, as we encounter difference more and more, and open our eyes, ears, taste buds and hearts to other cultures, I feel that the way we care about others truly deserves some attention.

What Social Media Tells Us About Young People's Attitudes To Politics

Josh Smith | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK
Josh Smith

Young people value politics - 73% of those surveyed felt that it was important to be engaged in traditional Westminster politics - but only 37% felt that modern political discussion reflected the issues they felt were important. This disillusionment was reflected in their voting turnout in elections (56%) and party membership (7%).

Terror Attack Victims And NHS Staff Warned Over Social Media Trolls

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 09.09.2017 | UK

NHS England is to issue guidance to staff and terror attack victims to warn them about the risk of social media trolls, but also telling them to be wa...

Why Ghosting Someone Is The Worst Thing Ever

Brittany Dawson | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Brittany Dawson

We've all been there, you think the date you had last Tuesday went great, you've been texting non-stop and have agreed to meet again. Then all of a sudden, that person is gone. Drifted into the wind like a Greggs plastic bag.

Social Media Reality: Don't Fall For The Insta Lies...

Rhian Harris | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Parents
Rhian Harris

Some special moments do happen when have our camera handy, and we're lucky to capture them. On the whole though, those perfected images are posed and curated to portray the life we want people to believe that we have.

Technology: The Lifeline For The Socially Isolated

Karen Dolva | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Tech
Karen Dolva

With every week that passes I grow increasingly upset with the world, so trying to change it for the better simply makes sense. The idea of somebody suffering in solitude, lacking meaningful connections in their life, is something I cannot abide. People need to be social

Socialising With Friends? Unleash The Power Of Three

Daniel Lewis | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Lewis

What's the ideal number when socialising with friends? For the most congenial meetup, I think three is pretty much perfect. Thanks to Freud's most infamous idea, though, that's a controversial opinion.

Young People, Social Media And The Fight For Social Justice

Gafar Kuku | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Gafar Kuku

Must we as a society wait around for someone to tell us what social justice looks like and whether or not it can look like more than one thing? It seems that young people have answered this question and are paving the way towards even more social justice

Why Joining The Anti-Social Media Movement Will Help You Discover More 'Me' Time

Mike Gardner | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Gardner

Sacrasm aside, you must realise that it's perfectly fine to turn off your phone, and any tech device for that matter, or silence it and set it aside at times. You don't have to be reachable 24 hours a day. Make your phone and social media work for you and use it as a tool to increase productivity instead of letting it distract you from what's truly important.

Fake News In Small Towns

A.L. Gaylin | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
A.L. Gaylin

Though the hit-and-run took place a few years ago, I am still haunted by the thought of both boys, of their mothers trying to learn the real truth, even as their children were transformed into characters in an ongoing gossip-fuelled narrative, their humanity disappearing as their bleak shared story took on a life of its own.

But It's Only A Facebook Post!

Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow

As a social media professional, and an ex-content editor for a major education website, I can't state enough the importance of spelling, grammar and s...

Why Is Twitter Still Failing Women?

Sam Smethers | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK
Sam Smethers

There are over 6,000 tweets per second. What kind of self-regulated reporting system is going to be able to deal with that? But deal with it, it must. Because otherwise the haters win and women are crowded out of online spaces. Yvette Cooper MP, who founded the Reclaim the Internet campaign, and I have written to Twitter asking a series of questions, challenging them on the resources allocated to address online abuse and harassment and demanding a 24-hour turnaround time in response to reported cases. Unreasonable? Not when you consider that a tweet is instantaneous, within seconds it can be retweeted thousands of times, in minutes it can go viral. 24 hours is almost too long.

The Social Art Revolution

Jean-David Malat | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jean-David Malat

Much has changed since the dawn of social media, especially for us in the art world. Instagram has revolutionised the ways artists display their work and art dealers find new talent. You can curate your Instagram page to perfection - like a gallery, giving artists an unlimited space to showcase their work.

All You Need To Know About The New LinkedIn

Victoria McLean | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Tech
Victoria McLean

In the meantime, here's what you need to know about the latest changes to the online behemoth, which now has a massive 500million users, and which boasts that for each new connection you make, you'll expand the reach of your professional network by an average of 400 people, 100 companies and more than 500 jobs...

Striking The Balance Between Social Media And Real Life

Shaz Memon | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Shaz Memon

That's the view of the social media nay-sayers, and of course, in many respects they're correct. But that's obviously not all that social media is about. It opens doors to new experiences, knowledge, new music, films and books.

Marking Time

Caragh Little | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK
Caragh Little

So the famous, iconic chimes of Big Ben are to fall silent until 2021 to allow for essential repair work. It's hard to imagine London without the famo...

Social Media Addiction And Millennials: The Consequences Of Addiction

Sam Allcock | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Allcock

When we refer to addiction, we are usually talking about substance addiction, but our understanding of addiction has broadened to encompass all sorts of process addictions like gambling and eating and more recently the addiction to social media

Everything Is Not OK

Ben Moore | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Moore

Anyway I had a quick look online and I found a study which explained the thinking. People on Facebook are routinely exposed to updates from friends and family showing how well their life is going and what a wonderful time they are having.

We Know Donald Trump Is A Fascist - He Retweeted Me Saying So

Mike Holden | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Mike Holden

Today my Twitter feed went nuts. I mean, it's Twitter, it's usually nuts, but not my feed. I have (had) few followers. I'm an IT consultant, I follow mainly comedians and UK/US political folk. I retweet and chat with people whose opinions I agree with, and sometimes have a semi-humorous snipe at people I disagree with, including @realdonaldtrump. Today I had a *very* busy day.

Parents - Here's How To Make Sure Your Kids Stay Safe Online This Summer

Richard Conway | Posted 15.08.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Conway

In this digital age, it is becoming more and more difficult to track whether your kids are being safe online. Making sure your children know the dos and don'ts of the internet isn't as daunting as it may seem, and there are lots of tools and tricks out there to make your job even easier.

It's Time For A Media Food Pyramid

Roger Smith | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK
Roger Smith

Is this the ideal Media Food Pyramid? Is there a scientific formula for a healthier diet for our brains? Where are the experts who can develop a defensible model? Addressing the growing trend to dine entirely on entertainment and social media is as important as addressing the physical eating habits of a nation.

Gauging Public Opinion? Twitter Ye Not

David Spencer | Posted 14.08.2017 | UK Tech
David Spencer

There is a growing trend, almost a fixation, among broadcasters and publications to use social media to monitor public mood and opinion. You can quickly lose count of the amount of times you hear 'tell us what you think' via this and that social media platform on radio and TV shows.